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Affordable Outpatient Mental Health Clinic to Host Open House

The newly relocated outpatient mental health clinic known as the IPS Center for Psychological Services will host two one-hour open house sessions on January 23 — with the first session in the morning at 9 a.m. and second session in the evening at 5:30 pm. All interested guests are encouraged to email ipscenter@divinemercy.edu to RSVP. (Members of the press are welcome.)

The clinic is part of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program operated by the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) of Divine Mercy University (located at 45154 Underwood Lane in Sterling, Virginia). Trainees receive regular supervision from licensed psychologists — a practice consistent with the American Psychological Association’s accreditation requirements. 

During this event, guests will get an overview of the IPS Center’s affordable, professional mental health services for adults, adolescents, children, families and couples. There will also be a presentation about the client-clinician matching process, psychological assessments offered, and the sliding scale fee (based on individual/family income).

“We are very pleased to share the services of the IPS Center with residents of Loudoun County and the Northern Virginia community,” said Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., president of Divine Mercy University. “The IPS Center has been providing affordable outpatient mental health services since 2000, and our relocation to Sterling will allow us to serve more clients who desire a holistic approach to therapy.”  

The IPS Center is committed to providing the community high-quality services consistent with a Catholic-Christian understanding of the person, marriage, and family life. At the heart of such treatment is a deep respect for the dignity of each person and a commitment to providing appropriate state-of-the-art services within the context of each individual’s culture, race, religion and gender. All services are provided on a confidential basis, as the IPS Center adheres to the strict guidelines of HIPAA and state laws.

“Our clinicians are trained to treat a variety of concerns including anxiety and panic disorders, relationship difficulties, and child behavior management,” said Dr. Helena Orellana, interim director of the IPS Center and licensed clinical psychologist. “One distinguishing feature to our training program is that our students receive instruction in child-centered play therapy and marital therapy. They also receive training in a wide variety of modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, and interpersonal theory.”  

The IPS Center accepts referrals from physicians, psychiatrists, educators, church leaders, mental health providers, social service professionals, and others. To schedule an appointment with a clinician, call (703) 418-2111. (Services are by appointment only. The IPS Center does not provide emergency services.)

To RSVP for the open house, email ipscenter@divinemercy.edu and include your first and last name, along with your desired session (either 9 a.m. or at 5:30 p.m.).   


The IPS Center is an outpatient mental health facility providing clinical services to adults, adolescents, children, families and couples. Services are provided by doctoral students, closely supervised by licensed clinical psychologists. We are committed to providing the community with high quality, affordable mental health services that incorporates an understanding of the emotional, biological, social, spiritual and psychological aspects of a person. Clients of any faith or background are welcome.

For more information, contact Marketing and Communications Manager Ebony Shamberger at 703-416-1441 x115 or communications@divinemercy.edu.

Divine Mercy University Celebrates 20th Year Anniversary

Divine Mercy University (DMU) will kick off its 20th year anniversary with the dedication of its new campus, President’s Picnic, and Mass on September 8th from 2pm to 7pm. The event will take place at the university’s new campus, located at 45154 Underwood Lane in Sterling, Virginia. (RSVP here)

Bishop Michael Burbidge (Diocese of Arlington) is scheduled to lead Mass and bless the building. Additional anticipated guests include Board of Supervisors Chair at Large Phyllis J. Randall (Loudoun County, VA) and local county officials.  

“This event signifies a monumental moment that reminds us of God’s providence,” said Fr. Charles Sikorsky, L.C., J.D., J.C.L., president of Divine Mercy University. “Our university’s ability to launch a new academic program, gain and maintain accreditation status, and transform from a dozen students to nearly 400 is a reflection of His unfailing guidance along the way. We are here to not only serve the local community with open arms, but we also want to help our neighbors flourish through educational enrichment, spiritual growth and business partnerships.” 

In 2016, the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) expanded into a university when it added the Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in clinical mental health counseling, offered as a hybrid, online degree program. The IPS, or School of Psychology, offers two degree programs: the online Master of Science (M.S.) in Psychology and the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology. Since achieving university status, DMU has had steady enrollment growth in each program — 45% (M.S. in Counseling), 20% (M.S. in Psychology), and 18% (Psy.D.). 

“We are grateful to be at this point in the journey,” said Dr. Harvey Payne, academic dean for the School of Counseling. “In the fall of 2016 we started the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program with 21 students and four full-time faculty. Today we have almost 170 students and approximately 30 faculty and staff. Our first graduates in May have all been offered jobs in professional counseling. The stories of our students’ own personal and professional development and the hope of lives changed due to their vocation of counseling inspires us each and every day.”

Dr. Suzanne Hollman, academic dean for IPS, shares equal excitement for the university’s continued success. “It is a privilege to know that we are equipping our students to assist those who experience anxiety, depression, marital conflict, childhood trauma, and other mental health challenges. Through our curriculum, we equip our students with evidence based theory, and we provide practical experience through our clinic, internships, and externships. Through this combination of science and practice, we can proudly say that our students are effectively prepared to go into the field and help those who are suffering.”

The IPS Center is the university’s outpatient mental health facility that provides clinical services to adults, adolescents, children, families, and couples. Services are provided by advanced doctoral students, closely supervised by licensed clinical psychologists, and clinical psychologists who are members of the clinical faculty.

The university’s 2019 – 2020 efforts include hosting special events to celebrate the 20th year anniversary, offering tuition benefits–including $1.6 million in scholarships anticipated for this school year–and efforts to build an on-site chapel.


Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate institution of higher education offering degree programs in psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The university is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the human person, marriage, and the family. The university offers Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Psychology and Counseling and the Doctoral (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology.

Divine Mercy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award masters and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Divine Mercy University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org)

The IPS doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). *Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone (202)-336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org / Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation  

For more information, contact Director of Marketing Rose Gebken at 703-416-1441 x132 or communications@divinemercy.edu.